Aromatherapy is a type of massage therapy where highly concentrated essential plant oils are added to the massage oils and lotions.

Aromatherapy works by influencing the nostrils which are attached to the limbic system in the brain. The limbic system controls emotion and influences the nervous system and hormones. When essential oil molecules are inhaled messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect the heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion and the immune system.

The essential oils used in aromatherapy all have different effects and healing properties, below is a list of some common oils used in aromatherapy and the properties they offer:

  • Calming- chamomile, lavender, geranium
  • Cleansing- rosemary
  • Decongesting- eucalyptus, pine, tea tree
  • Uplifting- ylang ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli
  • Energising- rosemary

Aromatherapy is traditionally used for dealing with emotional related conditions such as:

  • Stress and stress related conditions such as insomnia
  • Headache
  • Digestive disorders
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Back pain

Your aromatherapy session will start with a consultation about your symptoms or condition and then your therapist will choose one or two essential oils relating to this which will be mixed with the massage oil or lotion. After the session your massage therapist may suggest a blend which you can use at home in between sessions.

Always remember to use a recommended therapist for all massage sessions.